Saturday was a day for the dogs at the Off Leash Area Edmonds dog park, as owners and their costumed canines participated in the annual Halloween Howl .
Organized by Off Leash Area Edmonds (OLAE), the annual event always draws a crowd, and this year was no exception.
This year’s categories included funniest costume, most original costume, best owner-dog combination costume, and of course one grand prize for best in show. In addition to the contest, there was a silent auction where attendees bid on some howlingly good items, all canine-themed of course.
This year’s winners are as follows:
Funniest – First place, Hunter the Lumberjack; Second place, Gigi the Pumpkin Dog; Third place, Kiko the Spider.
Owner-dog combo – First place, Willoughby, the Royal Corgi and Royal Family; Second place, Tucker, Just Looking for Lions; Third place, Anni as Cinderella, her Prince and the Fairy Godmother.
Most Original – First place, Finnegan as Hulk Hogan; Second place, Zoey as The Poominator; Third place, Mochi as the Scuba Diver.
And finally (drum roll please) Best in Show went to Yuki and Sakura as the Blue Angel Pilots.
“This is one of our signature annual events,” said Diane Buckshnis, one of the many volunteers who organize the event and help maintain the dog park . “We’re so grateful for the support from the community and all the great sponsors who donated auction items and help support OLAE year-round.”
Sponsors included Garden Gear, Red Twig Bakery and Café, McDonald-McGarry Insurance, Author Kizzie Jones of “Tall Tales”, Blue Collar Dog House, Trader Joe’s, Gallagher’s Where U-Brew,Walnut Street Coffee, Jolene Otter of “Quilts from the Heart,” Wash n’ Waggon, Bonnie Klasell, Lunar Poodle Veterinary Services, Muddy Pawz Spa, Puddles Bakery, Love Bug Pet Massage, Stella ‘n Floyds, Spratt Pet Portraits, Right of Way Dog Walking Company and All the Best Pet Care.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel